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Fire spreads to a third fuel tank at Venezuelan refinery: VP

(Xinhua)

09:27, August 28, 2012

CARACAS, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Fire from an explosion at Venezuela 's Amuay refinery over the weekend spread Monday to a third fuel tank, Vice President Elias Jaua said in a message posted to his Twitter account.

Jaua said a third tank had been ignited at the site, but it did not present any danger.

Earlier Monday, officials said the number of deaths from the blast has increased from 41 to 48.

The explosion, one of the worst industrial disasters in Venezuela's history and one of the worst to have occurred in recent years worldwide, leveled 209 nearby homes and 11 businesses, and resulted in the largest number of fatalities at a National Guard post.

The Amuay refinery is part of the Paraguana Refinery Complex, which is the second largest oil refinery in the world.

Venezuela is South America's biggest oil producer and the world 's fifth biggest oil exporter.

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